Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis pleads guilty in Georgia case

Third Trump staffer voices 'deep remorse' as part of plea deal

Jenna Ellis reads a statement after pleading guilty to a felony count of aiding and abetting false statements and writings in an Atlanta, Georgia, courtroom. EPA
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Another former lawyer for Donald Trump, Jenna Ellis, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge related to the former US president's efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat in the state of Georgia.

Ellis, her voice cracking at times, told an Atlanta court that she “failed to do my due diligence” in vetting claims about voter fraud from other Trump lawyers.

“What I did not do and should have done, your honour, was to make sure that the facts the other lawyers alleged to be true were in fact true,” Ellis, 38, told Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee.

“I look back on this whole experience with deep remorse.”

She is the third member of Trump's legal team to reach a deal with Georgia prosecutors in the last week after guilty pleas from Sydney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro.

Ellis pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting false statements and writings. Prosecutors said she attended a meeting with Georgia lawmakers during which Mr Trump's personal lawyer and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani made false claims about voting irregularities.

The agreement calls for her to be sentenced to five years of probation and $5,000 in restitution.

She will also be required to give evidence against Mr Trump and other co-defendants in the case if called upon.

Updated: October 24, 2023, 6:47 PM